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The United Nations Office for Human Rights is set to open an investigation into war crimes during the Sri Lankan conflict. The Sri Lankan government is opposed to the inquiry. Why would they reject an outside investigation? Thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the war. What happened to the "safe zones"? Join us as we discuss why the world media largely ignored this conflict.
According to The New York Times, "With Sri Lanka's military making its deepest push into rebel territory in a decade, Asia's longest-running civil war appears to be edging closer to a military solution — though one that has already extracted a high cost for the divided country's civilians." Are 25 years of war nearing an end? And at what price?
This is the first in a series of SAJA webcasts.
Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Vasuki Nesiah, director of International Affairs and Brown University; Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, SAJA VP and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora. Questions/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject=webcast)
Despite end of civil war Christians still face persecution in Sri Lanka. According to Christian Today, a group of religious liberty organisations is calling upon Sri Lanka to officially recognise the country's evangelical community. Release International UK director Colin King says, "There have been attacks against Christians, but as well as physical violence, there is also legal opposition and restrictions with the authorities refusing to recognise non-traditional churches. We urge Christians worldwide to pray for an end to these practices in Sri Lanka so that there may be true religious liberty for all."
Turkey to purchase a long-range air defense system. According to Turkish newspaper, Today's Zaman, amid growing uncertainties ignited by the unfolding 14-month-old Syrian crisis and escalating tension between Iran and the West, Turkey is preparing to purchase a long-range air defense system worth $4 billion to beef up its defense capabilities in order to avert any threat to its national security. Turkey has sped up the procurement process of the system in recent months and will reach a final decision in an upcoming meeting of the Defense Industry Implementation Committee, which will be led by Prime Minister Erdogan on July 4.
World stocks struggle as European crisis threatens to spread globally. According to the Associated Press, world stocks struggled under concerns that Europe's debt crisis was deepening and threatening to infect the world economy. Investors are nervously awaiting Greek elections on Sunday, when a party that's threatening to renege on the country's bailout terms could come away the big winner. That might force the country out the euro.Attention is also focused on Spain, where borrowing costs rose to euro-era highs, increasing concerns that it could need a bailout.
Discussing the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Special Report: on A Marred Victory and a Defeat Pregnant With Foreboding... SAJA features a rare interview with a member of University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), Dr. K. Sritharan. UTHR(J) has just issued a special report focusing on the last two months of the war in Sri Lanka—and in particular, its ramifications for civilians.
South Asian Journalists Association presents the third in a series of webcasts about Sri Lanka. The war in Sri Lanka has drawn to a close in terms of military operations—but serious humanitarian and political questions remain. Will there be a return to armed conflict, or is it really over? How will the issues of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people be addressed? How will the human rights situation be addressed? As the international community and Sri Lankan government officials talk about a political solution, what process is likely to take hold? How far will that solution go? What will be the relationship between rehabilitation, reconstruction, development and the political process? What are the possibilities of a transitional process to provide democratic space? How can demilitarization and democracy move forward in Sri Lanka? What role will the powerful Tamil diaspora play? Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Alan Keenan, senior analyst of the International Crisis Group; Jayampathy Wickramaratne, constitutional lawyer.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, former SAJA vice president and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora.
On Jan. 2, the Sri Lankan government said it had captured the rebel Tamil Tigers' capital of Kilinochchi. The news has brought renewed attention to the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka. What's next? What might a political solution mean in light of recent military developments? How do recent events affect the country and its status within the region, as well as with the U.S.? How can journalists cover this evolving story?
Learn about all this and more with a distinguished panel of scholars, experts and journalists. Please post your questions in the comments section below or e-mail saja[at]columbia.edu (subject=webcast)
PASS South Super Late Model veteran Tyler Church will join the live conversation on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online tonight as part of the Stock Car Steel SRI Motorsports Show at 7 PM Eastern time.
Church will join show hosts Jacob Seelman and Tom Baker, along with special guest co-host Kyle Magda, to talk about his 2014 Super Late Model season and the importance of next weekend’s Over the Mountain 150 PASS South event at Hickory Motor Speedway, where he is the defending winner. Church is a Hickory, N.C. native and call the track “his home race”.
In addition, Kyle Souza will bring a special round of New England “News and Notes” back to the table, talking everything from the northeast — including the heated SK Modified local points battles and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s upcoming stop this weekend at Riverhead Raceway.
As always, news from across all of the major regional pavement touring series will be featured during the fastest hour in motorsports, including talk from the K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, ARCA/CRA late models, Southern Super Series and much more!
This episode is presented in Japanese. In accordance with "New Energy Celebration" in Salzburg, there is no Shoud this month. Instead, I summarize "Adamus' Abundance Clinic" held on 9 August.
Introduction to Marianne Dubois: Force of Rebirth
Introduction to Satguru Sri Ramana Devi: Reading of Shvetashvatara Upanishad
Dylan Lupton, fresh off his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of 2014, joins a special Thursday night edition of Motorsports Madness presented by Stock Car Steel and SRI Supplies on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online to talk about his rejuvenated chances at a season championship.
Co-hosts Jacob Seelman and Tom Baker will also take to the airwaves to talk all things motorsports from Labor Day weekend, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series from Atlanta, the 2nd annual USCS Sprint Car Shootout at Atlanta, the Budweiser International Classic weekend from the Oswego Speedway, the NHRA U.S. Nationals and much more!
Other guests will include Race Chaser Online open wheel analyst Joel Sebastianelli, who breaks down Will Power’s long-awaited IndyCar championship, and Steven Ovens, back to talk all things dirt and the near-unstoppable (unless you’re Shane Stewart) dominance of Donny Schatz on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series tour.
In addition to everything mentioned above, news from across the major regional touring series will be featured during the fastest show in motorsports, including talk from the K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ARCA/CRA late models, Southern Super Series and much more!
Last weekend’s ARCA Racing Series winner, Venturini Motorsports’ Justin Boston, and stand-out Late Model Stock Car young gun Dillon Bassett will be live guests on tonight’s special Wednesday-night edition of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show at 7 PM Eastern on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online.
Show host Jacob Seelman will lead the broadcast from Speed77′s anchor studio in Charlotte, while co-host Tom Baker will join the program from the Oswego Speedway scoring tower in Oswego, N.Y. and bring with him Budweiser Classic news and driver quotes from the third day of testing for the Speedway’s biggest event of the year.
Davey Hamilton, Bentley Warren and Bobby Santos are expected to be in attendance at the Speedway today, though Warren will not be competing in this weekend’s Bud Classic 200.
Conversation on Danny Bohn’s historic first modified championship at the legendary Bowman-Gray Stadium and the tightening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points battle will also be featured on the program.
In addition to everything mentioned above, news from across the major regional touring series will be featured during the fastest hour in motorsports, including talk from the K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ARCA/CRA late models, Southern Super Series and much more!
Tune in for an Author Timothy Spearam from Toronto Canada, great script editor of the award-winning film The Nation by Brin Nath, a documentary about the Sri Lankan civil war, and Art Director of First Frame Corporation book. Tim has written many books from the Sailing the Seven C's, The Ethics of Timelessness to screen plays. Now, he releases his new book in September: "21st Century Lebensborn: Children Screaming To Be Heard" very controversial book, of abuse and a linking the social services care services to the Nazi Lebensborn program of WW II. Tune in at 2 pm to hear the author’s words, it will be exciting! For more information and purchase copies of his latest book and author bio go to: http://authortimothyspearman.weebly.com/books.html
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